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Table 2 Distribution of patients’ purposes for informal payments

From: At first glance, informal payments experience on track: why accept or refuse? Patients’ perceive in cardiac surgery department of public hospitals, northeast of Iran 2013

Purpose for informal payment Type of informal payment   N % Total
N %
Expression-of- Gratitude Sweets Physicians 3 42.85 7 43.75
Nurses 4 57.14
satisfaction with health care services provided Cash with an average of 8.12 $ Nurses 1 20 5 31.25
Guards 1 20
Servants 3 60
Getting better service quality Goods Operating room personnel 1 33.33 3 18.75
Cash with an average of 12.5$ Servants 1 33.33
Nurses 1 33.33
Satisfaction with hospital Cash (6.25$) to the hospital 1 6.25
Total   16 100